The author of a county Republican Party newsletter in Arkansas says that he and other conservatives in the state “most likely won’t try to kill” Republican lawmakers who voted to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
In the April edition of the Republican Party of Benton County Newsletter, Chris Nogy argued that “this betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat.”
“I don’t feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them,” Nogy wrote. “We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us [know] that we are serious. The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.”
“If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on something this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.”
Washington County Democratic Party Chair Tyler Clark wrote on Facebook that there was “no place in our society for violent nonsensical rhetoric” like Nogy’s rant in the Republican Party newsletter.
“I am appalled and sickened by this behavior. Instead of threatening violence on each other, we should be coming together,” Clark said on Saturday. “The Benton County Republican Party should be embarrassed by this call to action made on their behalf.”
And early Sunday morning, a person identifying himself as Nogy responded on the KSFM website by saying that opponents of the Medicaid expansion probably were not going to kill anyone.
“This is not a retraction, this is a clarification,” Nogy insisted. “The problem I seek a solution to is the turncoat, not the independent… A slap on the wrist and a hope to have a better outcome next time are not acceptable responses.”
“And for the record, I didn’t advocate violence. I mentioned violence to get people’s attention, and it worked,” he continued. “If we cannot make these people understand that we will not tolerate this kind of breach of contract, then we lose our ability as the people to control the government.”
“And in this age of death threats from nameless, faceless thugs, we need these folks to know that while we most likely won’t try to kill them or harm their families, they should be much more certain of our response than fearful of the actions of those who will not identify themselves.”
Nogy concluded that “it is imperative that we become thugs with names and faces just as scary even if in a different way.”
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